Researcher Meets with White House Staff and Congressional Leaders

Michael F. Bergeron, PhD, FACSM, Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance and Center for Youth Sports & Health at Sanford USD Medical Center recently joined Jim Whitehead, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Executive Vice President, for meetings in Washington, DC to discuss ways to improve youth sports safety.  

Michael F. Bergeron, PhD, FACSM, Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance and Center for Youth Sports & Health at Sanford USD Medical Center recently joined Jim Whitehead, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Executive Vice President, for meetings in Washington, DC to discuss ways to improve youth sports safety.

The primary focus of the visit was to meet with Joe Kennedy who specifically works with the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport to discuss how Bergeron and ACSM can help the White House Office promote health through youth sports via a new national initiative lead by Bergeron.

“This initiative intends to provide current information, recommendations, and guidelines for parents, coaches, sporting event officials, administrators, sport governing bodies and policy makers to enhance the experience and safety of children and adolescents involved in sports,” said Dr. Bergeron.

After meeting with White House officials, Bergeron and Whitehead traveled to Capitol Hill for meetings with key Congressional offices.